Best places to work in the federal government

The annual rankings of federal employee job satisfaction shows some movement in the top-ranked government agencies, with marks for top leaders, pay and agency missions affecting the overall results. How government agencies ranked on a scale of one to 100:

Agency Size 2011 index Change from 2010 Leader-
ship*
Pay and benefits Skills match Work life
Government-wide ALL 64.0 -1.5 49.3 59.1 78.6 60.2
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Large 85.9 8.5 70.9 83.3 85.4 74.0
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Large 79.1 -3.3 70.2 74.6 82.6 76.9
Government Accountability Office Large 78.9 -3.4
Smithsonian Institution Large 76.0 -0.3
National Aeronautics and Space Administration Large 72.5 -2.3 62.3 70.7 80.0 66.4
Social Security Administration Large 70.1 -2.1 57.4 64.5 82.0 62.1
Department of State Large 70.0 -1.1 56.9 65.8 80.3 59.9
Intelligence Community Large 69.5 0.7
Office of Personnel Management Large 69.4 5.3 55.9 69.2 79.8 67.4
General Services Administration Large 68.7 -1.6 55.1 66.8 77.9 67.4
Department of Justice Large 68.3 -1.5 51.5 63.7 78.8 62.4
Environmental Protection Agency Large 67.9 -1.3 48.5 68.0 77.6 61.1
Department of the Treasury Large 67.9 -0.8 52.3 59.7 79.4 63.5
Department of Commerce Large 67.5 -1.2 51.5 63.7 78.3 62.6
Department of the Navy Large 65.6 -0.2 51.6 58.2 79.1 61.8
Department of the Army Large 64.9 -1.1 52.4 58.6 79.6 62.4
Department of Veterans Affairs Large 63.8 0.3 47.3 53.3 80.7 56.8
Department of the Air Force Large 62.9 -3.0 50.7 58.3 78.2 59.6
Department of the Interior Large 62.9 -3.7 44.0 59.7 78.7 55.6
Department of Health and Human Services Large 62.7 -3.2 48.6 59.6 78.0 61.3
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Large 62.0 3.0 47.5 58.2 81.2 51.4
Office of the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff, Defense Agencies, and Department of Defense Field Activities Large 61.9 49.2 60.5 76.1 61.5
Department of Agriculture Large 61.8 -0.3 43.9 59.0 78.5 57.9
Department of Labor Large 60.0 -3.7 46.3 59.9 76.6 56.7
Department of Energy Large 59.6 -5.3 45.2 64.2 74.2 63.0
Department of Transportation Large 59.5 -1.6 41.6 64.4 78.1 60.2
Securities and Exchange Commission Large 58.3 -5.9 39.9 57.8 74.1 55.7
Small Business Administration Large 57.9 0.3 49.6 65.2 77.2 57.5
Department of Education Large 57.8 0.8 48.3 64.4 73.8 61.7
U.S. Agency for International Development Large 57.7 -3.5 48.0 57.9 74.2 51.5
Department of Homeland Security Large 56.6 -3.5 41.4 56.8 73.9 56.3
Department of Housing and Urban Development Large 55.7 -2.5 46.0 63.1 72.7 54.8
National Archives and Records Administration Large 53.0 -7.1 42.0 54.7 75.2 62.1
Surface Transportation Board Small 91.1 4.9 85.7 75.4 88.9 84.1
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board Small 89.3 79.2 84.8 85.9 86.1
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Small 81.4 -3.4 58.6 74.4 87.0 76.0
Peace Corps Small 78.7 -5.0 61.2 65.7 81.0 63.9
Farm Credit Administration Small 77.5
Overseas Private Investment Corporation Small 77.2 -9.7 69.0 59.5 79.2 63.2
Federal Labor Relations Authority Small 76.3 11.6 76.3 68.0 85.0 70.2
Commodity Futures Trading Commission Small 75.2 -0.7 59.4 71.0 77.2 61.9
National Endowment for the Humanities Small 74.7 -3.3 59.8 66.9 81.0 72.1
Federal Trade Commission Small 74.3 -3.4 67.0 59.3 81.2 69.8
Merit Systems Protection Board Small 73.0 -1.9 58.3 63.6 84.4 60.5
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Small 70.3 1.1 57.6 61.5 75.6 73.8
National Transportation Safety Board Small 69.4 -9.7 54.9 66.8 81.7 64.1
Railroad Retirement Board Small 69.1 -0.2 50.2 61.0 78.6 64.2
Consumer Product Safety Commission Small 68.2 4.4 46.8 62.9 78.0 64.5
National Credit Union Administration Small 68.1 1.1 51.6 66.3 80.5 57.3
Federal Communications Commission Small 67.2 -1.2 54.6 63.0 72.1 67.8
National Science Foundation Small 66.7 -6.9 48.8 62.1 79.0 56.9
Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency Small 66.3 -3.0 55.9 68.6 80.3 68.6
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Small 65.8 -8.4 49.4 57.1 80.1 66.3
National Endowment for the Arts Small 65.3 -14.2 34.5 72.5 78.4 67.4
Corporation for National and Community Service Small 65.0 -5.2 48.9 56.4 78.0 60.8
National Gallery of Art Small 64.7 -5.4 46.5 48.4 76.0 62.8
National Labor Relations Board Small 64.6 5.4 50.6 56.7 80.8 66.4
Selective Service System Small 62.0 31.0 56.0 61.7 76.3 66.5
U.S. International Trade Commission Small 61.0 -9.0 48.5 47.8 75.4 64.0
Office of Management and Budget Small 57.4 -13.9 46.3 59.1 75.3 50.5
Millennium Challenge Corporation Small 57.1 -15.2 44.0 57.7 69.6 50.1
Federal Maritime Commission Small 56.6 -18.8 45.8 68.1 72.2 65.6
Export-Import Bank of the United States Small 53.7 38.3 40.5 77.5 53.5
International Boundary and Water Commission Small 53.5 11.4 38.1 56.3 78.5 48.5
Broadcasting Board of Governors Small 53.2 7.4 38.3 63.4 74.7 57.8
Federal Housing Finance Agency Small 51.6 -2.6 39.7 64.7 67.1 66.5
Federal Election Commission Small 48.8 -9.1 38.9 60.1 70.4 71.1
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Small 47.7 -16.8 37.5 45.5 72.6 43.9

*Leadership category includes agency head and senior leadership team.

SOURCE: Partnership for Public Service. GRAPHIC: The Washington Post. Published Nov. 16, 2011.